There is no better season to snuggle up with a cozy blanket and good book than winter in the mountains. And with beautiful fireplaces, cozy chairs, and our *NEW* Orvis Gift Shop / Coffee Shop seating area, there’s always a perfect spot at Chetola to cuddle up with the perfect book. Whether you’re looking for a new favorite read or something to pass the time, here are a few of our staff’s favorite winter reads:

The Hobbit by by J. R. R. Tolkien

“I often enjoy revisiting The Hobbit for its exotic locations and adventures.”

 - Drayton, Timberlake’s Restaurant

House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende

“Great for those with active imaginations and who enjoy magical realism.”

 - Gisselle, Guest Services

How to Be Yourself  by Ellen Hendriksen

“I really like the book ‘How to Be Yourself’ during all times of the year! It is a psychology book and I find it intriguing”

 - Catherine, Recreation


The Bible

“The Bible because I like to learn about God’s revelation of himself to his people.”

 - McKenzie, Timberlake’s Restaurant

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

“The whole book is an inspiration for me!”

 - Ashley, Night Audit

The Miracle of Mindfulness by Thich Nhat Hahn

“I’ve been re-reading “The Miracle of Mindfulness” by Thich Nhat Hahn. One of New Year’s
Resolutions was to get back into meditation and practice mindfulness. This book is a great refresher for that.”

 - Jasmine, Front Desk

A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson

“I love adventure books, especially those with elements of humor. When I can’t be outside enjoying an adventure, I like to read about others’ experiences. Plus, this one takes place pretty close to our home here in the mountains.”

 - PJ, Marketing

Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien

“Lord of the Rings because it just lasts forever.”

 - Lauren, Guest Services

The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

“‘The Song of Achilles’ because it’s a very beautifully written book.”

 - Paola, Timberlake’s Restaurant

The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz

“‘The Four Agreements’ because it helps me feel grounded in the lonely winter months”

 - Kylee, Timberlake’s Restaurant

The Monkey Wrench Gang by Edward Abbey

“The book takes place primarily in the West in summer and that sounds pretty dreamy right now.”

 - Nicholas, Security

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

“My favorite book to read is ‘The Book Thief’ by Markus Zusak. It is my favorite book from my childhood and I love going back to it on snow days when I’m stuck inside“

 - Grace, Timberlake’s Restaurant

Any Harry Potter Book by J.K. Rowling

“I love the movies and the books just add so much more details and they are very entertaining to read!”

 - Kali, Timberlake’s Restaurant

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

“I love to read “The Hunger Games” or any book in general. I love to read.”

 - Corina, Housekeeping

Green Eggs & Ham by Dr. Seuss

“I like to read it in a box with a fox or on a plane or a train. I like to read it here or there, I like to read it everywhere.”

 - Bryson, Headwater’s Pub

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

“No matter the time of year, I love to follow the adventures of Celaena Sardothien, a teenage

assassin in a corrupt kingdom. Anyone who loves a good fantasy, a female heroine, and fun

storytelling will enjoy this read”

 - Tristan, Marketing

A Grace Disguised by Gerald Lawson

- Olivia, Human Resources

The Ballad of Tom Dooley by Sharyn McCrumb

- Chassie, Marketing


No matter whether you’re snuggling up with a read from our list or a favorite of your own, we hope you enjoy your cozy getaway to Chetola Resort! We can’t wait to read with you!